Feng shui, an ancient Chinese wisdom, is based on how energy flows. It is both a science and an art. Anyone can practice Feng shui, but to be a certified professional Feng shui practitioner, it requires certain education and skills. Caroline Lehman, a certified Feng shui practitioner in Woodbury, kindly agreed to the following interview: What was your first experience with Feng shui? My Feng Shui journey began ten years ago in an East Asian Religions class at Hamline University.
My last two columns were about Feng shui and using Feng shui to clear clutter. In this column I will share with you some commonly known Feng shui practices that are considered to be good ones. Make the front entrance to your house or workplace well lit, clean and welcoming to create a good first impression and bring in positive energy. In Feng shui, the front entrance is called the "Mouth of Chi." It is one of the most important areas in the house or space.
Do you have too much stuff in your home that you feel overwhelmed? Do you feel stuck in your life and don't know what to do? I think most people in this country would say yes to questions like these, including myself. If you want to clear clutter out of your home and give your life a fresh start and get it moving again, I would recommend the book "Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui" by Karen Kingston. As I talked about in last week's column on Feng shui, everything in the universe is chi, or energy.
October is "National Clergy Appreciation Month." Established in 1992, "NCAM" was created to recognize and honor spiritual leaders across the country. Each year the second Sunday in October is designated National Clergy Appreciation Sunday. On this day and throughout the month, congregations are encouraged to express their appreciation to their pastors and their families. I can't think of any position in life more worthy of honor than that of a pastor. The position of clergy is to be treated with the utmost respect because it is a high calling of God.
The results of the 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in math and reading at grades four and eight were released on Tuesday, Sept. 25. The NAEP test, serving as the "Nation's Report Card," informs the public about the academic achievement of elementary and secondary students in the U.S. The reading and math tests are considered the country's best measure of how states compare on student achievement. They are given every two years to a sampling of fourth-graders and eighth-graders in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
When it comes to food, I have to admit my family is not very open-minded. I don't go out to eat much. Even when my family is on the road traveling, we always look for Chinese restaurants, no matter where we are. I cook Chinese food at home almost every day. I am not a picky eater. It's easy for me to make simple meals from scratch, mostly stir-fried vegetables. Eating home-cooked meals not only saves money, it is also healthier.
"How much money is needed in order for you to consider the job?" This was a question someone asked me recently. My supervisor wanted to retire and to leave as soon as a successor was found. His position was advertised. Some colleagues thought I would be interested in applying for the position which I didn't. So people asked me about it wondering why I was not interested. When I was asked this question, my immediate response was: "No amount of money will do it." And I meant it. Being a director of an office means a lot of responsibilities and requires a lot of skills.
For this school year, 2007-2008, District 833 is offering a pilot Mandarin Chinese language program at three elementary schools: Liberty Ridge, Royal Oaks and Newport. Most people here probably have heard the term "Mandarin Chinese" but don't really know what it means. China has eight major dialect groups: Putonghua (Mandarin), Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghainese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Taiwanese), Xiang, Gan and Hakka. Each major dialect sounds so different that people speaking specific dialects often cannot understand each other.
Acupuncture is one of the main forms of treatment in traditional Chinese medicine. Today, in most western cultures it is considered a "new alternative" medicine. In reality, it has been practiced in China for more than 2,000 years (some think it has been around for 4,000 years) and has proven to be effective over thousands of years. Acupuncture involves the use of thin, painless needles that are inserted in the body at very specific points to influence physiological functioning of the body.
Being out of school for more years than I can remember, my homework days would seem to be long over. So doing homework was not on my mind when I went with my kids to their school open house at the end of August. Unexpectedly, my son's fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Lynda Caughron at Liberty Ridge Elementary, gave every parent a sealed envelope containing a homework assignment for the parents. "Your homework assignment is to write your child a 'love letter,' describing all the wonderful things about your fifth-grader.